Previously, we reported that cities and regions around Poland are declaring themselves as “LGBT-Fee” zones, and trying to “rid themselves of LGBTQ people and ideology.” Over 80 regions in Poland have declared themselves to “LGBT-Free.” This hateful movement now includes more than 1/3 of the entire country. These regions claim that LGBTQ people go against “traditional values” and lead to the downfall of society.
Many activists are calling on the European Union to take action against the blatant human rights violations that are underway in Poland and other countries in Europe, including Hungary and Croatia. And while it’s understandable that the EU is dealing with unprecedented issues revolving around the coronavirus pandemic right now, the safety and security of Europeans are also at risk from the intense bigotry of homophobia and transphobia.
One of the most shocking pieces in this puzzle is that Poland was absolutely devastated by Nazi Germany during WWII. And now, the very country that was obliterated, is using the same type of hate speech from the people who oppressed them. It’s clear that the EU needs to do more. If Poland is going to be a part of the European Union, and receive the benefits that come along with it, they need to follow human rights protocols.